USS Steele, a 1140-ton Evarts class escort ship, was built at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts. Commissioned in May 1943, she transferred to the Pacific after a brief shakedown period. During the next two years, Steele operated in the south and central Pacific on escort and anti-submarine duties. She was present when USS Samuel S. Miles (DE-183) sank a Japanese submarine on 3 October 1944. At the end of World War II, Steele returned to the U.S. West Coast and was decommissioned in November 1945. She was sold for scrap in December 1946.
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Photo #: 80-G-K-5987 (Color)
Loss of USS Indianapolis, July 1945
USS Tranquillity (AH-14) arrives at Guam, carrying survivors of USS Indianapolis (CA-35), 8 August 1945.
The bow of USS Steele (DE-8) is in the foreground.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives.
Note on color quality: The original ANSCO transparency has degraded color, with purples and greens predominating. This has been somewhat corrected in this reproduction.
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14 March 1999